Owen, his wife, Jeannette, his brother, his sister, his brother-in-law and his nephew gathered at the fair Wednesday, Bowman H. Owen’s birthday, to honor his memory. It is also in honor of this memory that Owen’s tractor is being displayed.
Owen inherited the tractor from his father in the early 1970s, and he last ran it in 1973. Since then it has been housed in his garage in Livingston Manor.
Although Mark Wilbur had been friends with the Owens for 25 to 30 years, he didn’t know of the tractor’s existence until last December. It was after he stumbled upon it in Owen’s garage that plans to exhibit the tractor were set into motion.
It is the intention of Owen that the tractor will continue to be exhibited at the Delaware County Fair for years to come.
When asked if it was the oldest tractor he’d ever seen, Wilbur said, “It’s the oldest one on the grounds here in our display right now.”
The tractor hasn’t run since the 1970s because it needs a new distributor, specifically for a 1929 or ‘30 four-cylinder Chevrolet. Both Owen and Wilbur are confident, however, that it will run if this part is found.
“If you could actually see it working, you’d be amazed,” said Owen.
Asked about the search for the part Wilbur said, “I’m really confident. I’ve got three leads that we’re pursuing. Hopefully next year instead of pulling it off the trailer we’ll drive it off.”